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On this day: August 1

POSTED: 08:47 PM PDT Jul 31, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 31, 2013 

Oxygen is discovered, Adolf Hitler presides over the opening of the Olympics, a new superhero is introduced, tragedy strikes the University of Texas, and a new all-music TV network debuts, all on this day.

OTD August 1 - new London Bridge
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Cornell University Library

1831: A new London Bridge opens, replacing the original 600-year-old bridge. The new bridge would last until 1968, when it was purchased by Missourian entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch for nearly $2.5 million and reconstructed at Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

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